Pennsylvania health officials are reporting more cases of COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth. The state surpassed 68,000 total cases Monday, after 473 new ones were reported. That is the lowest daily coronavirus cases increase since mid-March. 15 new deaths related to the virus were also confirmed Monday, pushing the death toll to 5139.
More Pennsylvania businesses have decided to defy orders from Gov. Tom Wolf to remain closed while the state eases out of the coronavirus pandemic. Two diners in York County are remaining open despite having their licenses suspended and the threat of penalties of up to $10,000 per day. Meanwhile, Lincoln Speedway in Adams County held races Monday eventhough entertainment and sports venues are still supposed to remain closed until the county is placed in the green phase of the state's reopening process. Promoters there say they took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone and had fans sign a waiver before entering the venue.
New Jersey health officials say 16 more people statewide have died from the coronavirus. That pushes the Garden State's death toll to 11,144. New Jersey's latest numbers also show more than 2700 hundred people remain hospitalized due to coronavirus.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small is not ready to reopen casinos, despite plummeting profits due to coronavirus closures. Small says the decision will be based on health data. The city's beaches and boardwalk remain open and some businesses will stick to curbside pick-up. Starting Friday, hotels and short-term rental facilities can reopen with health guidelines in place. The mayor said the city will bounce back economically because "so goes Atlantic City, so goes the state of New Jersey."
The parents of a University of Connecticut student wanted in connection to two murders in Connecticut are urging him to surrender via the family's attorney, Michael Dolan. "Peter, if you're listening, you are loved. Your parents, your sisters, your entire family loves you. Nobody wants any harm to come to you," Dolan said. 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia was last seen in the East Stroudsburg area. Both the FBI and Pennsylvania State Police are looking for Manfredonia. State Police got involved after Manfredonia got an Uber and asked the driver to take him to Allentown, but he jumped out of the car. Investigators believe he's still in the East Stroudburg area.
A woman is dead after a crash in Whitehall Township. The crash happened on MacArthur Road at South Church Street around 5 o'clock Monday afternoon. A northbound vehicle driven by 83-year-old Louise Kelleher was making a left turn from MacArthur Road onto South Church Street and was struck by a southbound vehicle on MacArthur Road. Kelleher died at the scene and the driver of the other vehicle was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest with serious injuries.
State police in Lehighton are investigating the death of a toddler. Police aren't saying much about the incident, but are saying a two-year-old boy was shot to death in East Penn Township, Carbon County on Sunday. No other details were provided, but police are saying there is no public safety concern.
The deadline to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania is coming up later today. Applications must be received before 5pm today at your county election office. To apply for either a mail-in or absentee ballot, go to www.votespa.com.
The Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready fo rthe 2020 NFL season after receiving words of inspiration from an NBA legend. Former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson spoke to the team in a virtual meeting last Thursday. He told the team when things go wrong, they need to keep their spirit up. Jackson won six NBA titles with the Bulls and five more with the Lakers.